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Presque Rien (Come Undone) [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Jeremie Elkaim, Marie Matheron, Stephane Rideau, Dominique Reymond
  • Directors: Sebastien Lifshitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029ST5D4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mathieu ( Jeremie Elkaim kills time by climbing dunes and catching rays while on holiday on the French coast. Chancing upon beautiful local boy Cédric (Stephane Rideau) spurs homosexual desires he wasn't aware he had. When the pair meet, the attraction is mutual, the carefree days giving way to lustful nights of carnal desire and sexual experimentation. Yet as the sun begins to fade, the holiday must end, and the pair must face a difficult decision. Holiday romances have rarely been caught on screen with such visceral and heart-wrenching power as in Sébastien Lifshitz's groundbreaking ode to teenage love. 'Presque Rien' is an openly gay arthouse classic that garnered awards at film festivals the world over.

Review

"An understated, daringly enigmatic drama that is more deeply felt than many more obvious approaches to the subject. Elkaim's hesitant manner and wounded-looking demeanour tell us all we need to know about a broken heart. Uncommonly good." --Allan Hunter - Daily Express

"masterpiece... technically and emotionally accomplished" --Sight & Sound

"A refreshing take on romantic teenage angst." --The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
Presque Rien is a showcase for the underexplored side of first love, with the added confusion of a burgeoning sexuality. In many films the 'boy meets boy' plot is viewed through a fairy tale perspective, where potentially troubling issues are easy to reach a conclusion. Presque Rien is not this kind of easy film.

The narrative follows Mathieu and his relationship with a youth he meets on holiday, Cedric, and the aftermath of it. As someone who has experienced many of the same things as the protagonist, the realistic nature of aspects that many other filmmakers ignore made the film anything but easy to watch, but you keep watching because you care for Mathieu, he is obviously a fragile, uneasy person, and Jeremie Elkaim deserves much praise for his delicate portrayal of the varied emotions he displays here, lust, 'love', despair, determination and hope all form part of this tour de force of a film.

As with any teenage relationship, sex plays a large role in the film, and some of the sex scenes are explicit, and the male leads seem to spend most of the film in various states of undress, so anyone wary of this may find it best to avoid this film. If not, see this film, a film that makes its gay teenagers much more than either victims or queens. See it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2003
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This film is well worth watching. Not only does it show the passion of young love it also shows the pain it can bring. It can be hard to follow at times but you are well rewarded at the end and you are left feeling that this will become a gay classic. The german version on the DVD also has a bonus film which does not come up if you go in under the English version.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is modern French art house, with the production values of Gus van Sant and the depth of Almodóvar, a truly beautifully studied and moving film. The characters of Mathieu and Céderic are cleverly poised the confusion of one and the surity of the other working brilliantly against each other. The tragedy of lost love is felt strongly throughout. Sit down, relax and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 20 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed `Presque Rien' (`Almost Nothing') - it was a beautifully moving and tragic love story, and one that reflects the delicacy of first love. It's also intriguingly different from a lot of movies with similar subject matter, though one major complaint is the seeming-unwillingness of the director to reveal all that's truly gone on...
The film plays with time, to reflect the current state and the past, some time ago in summer at a seaside resort. In the present, the film begins with a short-haired, pale and delicate young man travelling alone in the midst of winter. You soon learn that he's been admitted to hospital for some reason; shortly afterwards, you learn that he has tried to commit suicide. You also learn about how the main character, Mathieu, `learned' he was gay and developed a relationship with another young man, Cedric, whilst holidaying at a seaside resort where Mathieu's family owns a holiday home. The relationship is truthfully and vibrantly depicted, in the free, hot days of that summer spent on the beach or with Mathieu and Cedric exploring together, or having sex and fun on the beach at night. The intimacy and tenderness between the two leads is really very touching and beautifully acted. The visual contrast between that time and the `present' is really striking: From the joyous vibrancy of the summer romance to a time where everything is grey and cold; where Mathieu has lost his tan and shaved his head; and where he travels without Cedric.
With Mathieu on his vacation were his sister, determined to challenge her brother's secret relationship with spiteful comments; his mother deep in the depths of depression over the loss of a baby, born with cancer; and an aunt, Annick who keeps a secret relationship of her own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antonio on 21 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
One of the better gay films designed to make you think (looking back on happier times - why did he become undone?)with an open rather than closed ending. There is a natural physicality between the boys and their relationship is enjoyable. It bears more than one viewing.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lewis VINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2002
Format: DVD
Low-key French drama about a romance between two young guys, which starts out as fun but becomes troubled as one of them deals with depression. The story interleaves past and present, and along with the english subtitles, at times it needs some concentration to keep up with what's going on, but it is worth it for what is a moving experience.
(The film was retitled Come Undone for the US.)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Turley on 19 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
You could argue that there isn't much of a plot or pace in Presque Rien -a story of two teenage guys falling in love, which moves at tortoise speed. A slight exaggeration there - but just to give you some idea about the movies pace - which I was eventually thankful for.

So many movies rely on blazing special effects, and a pace so quick, you barely have chance to munch on your popcorn. Let's not bore you with specifics here - I think we all know a blockbuster, which moves at herculean speed. How refreshing it was, to see a story slowly evolving - with the possibilty (thankyou) of getting to know the characters!

We see how human emotion is never simple - especially when it concerns the first fruits of young love - and this is the films strength. It pulls you in, and takes you on an emotional journey. Well, that's if you like that kind of trip, and I suppose you have to be in the mood for it. I certainly must have been!

There is some great scenery - specifically that of the South of France - with its sand dunes and clear blue sky. This is in contrast to the stark clinical coldness of the hospital, we see one of the guys visiting.

For all you people out there, who like a bit of eye candy - the two lovers look great . When we finally see them, getting it on - it seems more of an emotionally charged scene, rather than an erotic one - as we have been made aware of their conflicts.

Expect the film to end as it started - there isn't going to be any ' guns a blazing ' or some mad implausible twist. However, it does end on a calm note, and resolves some of the confusion that the films main character feels, about his sexuality.

Signing Off

Peter
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